The suspect in West Valley City's only unsolved homicide will be behind bars in Utah Wednesday awaiting arraignment if extradition proceedings stay on schedule.
West Valley police detectives Richard Sweeney and Ron Edwards went to Gulfport, Miss., Monday to interview and return Steven Ray Stout to Utah to face murder charges in the Jan. 22 slayings of his former mother-in-law and her daughter. The detectives were scheduled to return with Stout Wednesday at 4 p.m.West Valley Police Chief Dennis Nordfelt said the detectives will be returning Stout to Utah on a state Department of Public Safety plane, a procedure that is common when law enforcement officials are transporting potentially dangerous suspects.
Stout, 32, was captured in Gulfport Dec. 6 by FBI agents after his girlfriend saw him on a nationwide television program about the FBI's 10 most wanted men.
Stout was jailed on a fugitive warrant and has been charged in circuit court in Utah with killing Bonnie Craft, 41, and her daughter, Maureen Turner, 19, at their West Valley mobile home.
Stout was married to but separated from Craft's stepdaughter, Sharon, at the time of the killings. Police tracked Stout from Bountiful to New York to his hometown of Webster Springs, W.Va., before losing track of him this summer. Police believe he went from West Virginia to North Carolina, then to Mississippi where he was apprehended after living and working there under an assumed name.